Obituaries for March 9 |

Obituaries for March 9

Emily Gladys Benedick


Longtime Routt County resident Emily Benedick died Feb. 25, 2003, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. She was 92.

Emily was born Feb. 1, 1911, in rural Jefferson County to parents George and Emily Kiddie.

The family moved to Mount Harris when Emily was 4 years old. Most of Emily’s schooling took place in Oak Creek.

On June 30, 1928, Emily married Mike Benedick. The couple lived in Oak Creek before moving to Craig and then settling in Yampa, where they lived for 65 years. Emily and Mike owned and operated the Antlers Cafe.

Emily moved back to Craig in 1994.

She enjoyed needlework, crocheting, sewing, braiding rugs, making dolls and quilt tops and restoring antique furniture.

Emily was preceded in death by her parents, seven brothers, four sisters and a son, Paul.

She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Twila Evans of Fort Collins and Paula Wyman of Craig; a daughter-in-law, Shirley Benedick of Lakewood; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held March 1, 2003, at St. Martin’s Church in Oak Creek.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Martin’s Church or a charity of the donator’s choice in care of Grant Mortuary, 621 Yampa Ave., Craig, 81625.

Joseph Walters


Steamboat Springs resident Joseph Walters died March 5, 2003, at the age of 83.

Joseph was born May 10, 1919, in Longmont, the son of Joseph and Margaret Walters.

Joseph graduated from high school in Boulder and was a longtime employee of Mountain Bell. Joseph served in the Army during World War II.

He married Nadine Halldorson June 12, 1949, in Boulder.

Joseph was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Boulder.

He enjoyed gardening.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Joseph is survived by a son, Kenneth Walters of Cañon City; a daughter, Adele Carlson of Clark; three sisters, Irene Hough and Edna May Walters of Longmont and Thelma Cox of Arvada; and three grandchildren.

Cremation will be completed at Allnut Funeral Service in Loveland, and private family services will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Doak Walker Care Center in care of Allnut Funeral Service, 2100 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, 80538.

Joseph “Joe” E. Sines


Joseph “Joe” E. Sines passed away March 5, 2003, in his home in Linwood, Kan. He was 68.

Joe was born Aug. 29, 1934, in Hayden.

He moved with his family to Kansas in 1962.

He spent many years working construction, and he was a member of the Operators Union Local #101.

Joe retired to his cattle ranch in 1996 to enjoy raising cattle, farming and hunting.

He is survived by two daughters, Dianna Wells of Kansas City, Mo., and Vicki Hansen of Belton, Mo.; two sons, Steve Sines of Linwood and Terry Sines of Linwood; and 17 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held March 8, 2003, at the Alden-Harrington Funeral Home in Linwood.

Burial services followed at the Sarcoxie Cemetery in Linwood.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Kansas City Hospice or the Sarcoxie Cemetery Fund in care of the Alden-Harrington Funeral Home, 214 Oak St., Bonner Springs, Kan. 66012.

Howard William Ritchie Jr.


Craig resident Howard William Ritchie Jr. passed away Feb. 16, 2003, in his home. He was 60.

Howard was born Dec. 23, 1942, in Lima, Ohio, to parents Howard and Grace Ritchie. Howard graduated from Upper Arlington High School in Columbus, Ohio.

Following high school, he attended an ironworker’s vocational school. He later attended another vocational school and became a certified welder.

Howard married Norma June Locker on June 24, 1962, in Lima, where Howard was employed as an ironworker.

Howard and his family moved to Craig in 1977, where he opened Howard’s Aqua Systems, a business that specialized in installing pumps, servicing water wells, providing water treatment and later turf irrigation systems.

Howard was very active in the community, where he was a longtime member of the Colorado State Bowling Association Northwest Men’s League, the Chamber of Commerce, the Wild Turkey Federation and the National Rifle Association.

He was a charter member of the Craig Rotary Club, where he held various offices over the years, including president. Howard served on the Regional Water Well Association Board for seven years, including two years as president, and the Colorado Water Well Contractor’s Association Board for 14 years, including one year as president.

He was a regular supporter of the 4-H Livestock Sale, the Community Concert Association and Sweet Adelines Chorus.

Howard enjoyed many activities over the years, especially those that put him in the midst of family and friends.

He is survived by his parents; his wife; four daughters, Nadine Ritchie-Wheeler of Craig, Pamela Ritchie of Las Vegas, Nev., Vanessa Ritchie of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Deborah Durbin of Craig; a brother, Donald Ritchie of Colorado Springs; a sister, Nancy Nalley of Boise, Idaho; and six grandchildren.

Services were held March 1, 2003, at First Congregational Church in Craig. Memorial donations may be made to the Moffat County Cancer Society in care of Grant Mortuary, 621 Yampa Ave., Craig, 81625.

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